Donald Trump, ever consistent, offered a wildly inconsistent response to the transgender bathroom debate Monday, managing to pander to just about every mindset with his 30-second response.
Trump was a guest on the O’Reilly Factor Monday night, when, about four minutes into the interview, he was asked about the White House directive on allowing transgender people to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their preferred gender.
“So you would have little girls, eight to 11 or 12, with a boy who wants to be a girl, in the same shower. Conceivably. That could happen,” O’Reilly said. “And the Charlotte Observor editorialized recently that that’s fine, we need to get over that. I was a little perturbed by that editorial. What say you?”
Trump proceeded to rapidly cycle through several takes: Leave it to the states, protect minority, protect the majority, but also protect the minority, and if that doesn’t work, leave it to the states.
To wit: “Well it’s not fine and I have to tell you that I would, generally speaking, leave it to the states to decide. You know, Obama’s getting into a very tricky territory. And the amazing thing is, so many people are talking about this now,” Trump said. “And we have to protect everybody, even if it’s one person. But this is such a tiny part of our population. Now with that being said, protect everybody. But I would really leave it up to the states.”
Glad that’s settled.